MSc thesis project proposal

Distributed formation flying in multi-agent systems

Formation flying and control of multi-agent systems naturally arises in various applications e.g., drone swarms, space-based interferometry and autonomous under water vehicles. These spatially distributed agents sense a diverse set of physical phenomenon, and the rigidity of their formation is crucial for their respective applications. For example, space-based satellite arrays observing cosmic signals (in certain wavelengths), need to maintain a fixed relative distances between satellites, while still orbiting at speeds of up to few thousands of km/hour.

How can we ensure robust formation of mobile swarms ? How can such navigation algorithms be distributed among multiple agents with minimal neighborhood communication? The proposed distributed solution, will model the dynamics of the swarm, and minimize both processing and communication energy on resource constrained agents.

Possible internship opportunities with SRON, The Netherlands.


A self-motivated student with a strong background in linear algebra and statistical signal processing. In addition, a student with strong interest or experience is distributed signal processing is preferred. Advanced coding skills in MATLAB and Python (or R) is required. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English is mandatory. The expected project duration is about 9 to 12 months.


dr. Raj Thilak Rajan

Circuits and Systems Group

Department of Microelectronics

Last modified: 2021-04-02